Today’s Writing Tip: How to Get the Writing DONE

Today’s Writing Tip: How to Get the Writing DONE

Today’s #WritingTip: How to Get the Writing Done 

Some people get really overwhelmed by the size of a project. It might be an entire novel, a short poem, or a short story and the scope and sequence of that projects seems really overwhelming. How do you plan this?

When you’re planning a writing project:

1. Write down your end goal. Is is to complete a short story or to write three finished poems? Once you got your goal in mind you’re going to write down the steps to get there. You might start generating ideas or you might start by setting aside some time to actually write the project. 

2. Choose a deadline. Choose a day that you are going to have this project done. This is really really important for actually completing projects. I can’t emphasize the importance of deadlines. Once you set that deadline for yourself you’re going to work backwards from that date. So, today is the day you would do step one and tomorrow, or two days from now, or a week from now, will be when you take on step two.

3. Pace yourself. Be really honest with yourself about how much you can get done. It’s very admirable and ambitious if you say you’re going to get everything done today but you also might be setting yourself up for failure. When you set yourself up for failure you’ll feel yucky about yourself. You don’t want to come back to the project feeling like you failed. So, make reasonable goals for yourself and pace your project in a reasonable way. 

Follow these steps above and you will notice how much lighter it feels to write and finish your project. If you are ready to talk about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there let’s chat. You can put yourself right into my calendar with this link. I look forward to hearing about your writing.

Conflicting Writing Advice? Whom Should You Trust?

Conflicting Writing Advice? Whom Should You Trust?

Conflicting Writing Advice? Whom Should You Trust?


“Advice is the one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you only take what is worth having.”

George S. Clason writes this in the business parable “The Richest Man in Babylon.”

Lots of people are willing to give you advice. It’s free. Lots of people seek free advice for the same reason: it’s free.

But is that free advice really free?

A lot of people at recent writers’ conferences came to me confused about the conflicting advice that they’d heard from the stage. Different writers had different opinions on how to start a novel, how to use dialogue, how to submit for publication…and on and on it went.

Why does this happen? Where does all this conflicting advice come from?

If you’ve been following my work for a while, you’ll know I don’t toss around advice willy-nilly as so many others do.



Let’s take a closer look at this scenario by hopping into one of my favorite things: the analogy.

Let’s suppose you go to a friend and say “my relationship’s in trouble,” and that friend says “you should definitely leave.”

You decide to listen to your friend and leave the relationship.

All you really wanted was for your Sweet Honey to clean up the dirty dishes after eating–and now Honeykins is history.

What happened?

1) You got advice from the wrong source. You should always go to someone who is an expert in your field if you want serious advice.

2) More importantly here: the advice-giver didn’t listen to what it was that you needed, or ask about your unique situation. They simply threw out a solution without considering what might apply to your unique situation, needs, and goals.

Reason number two is the exact reason you don’t see me flinging around random platitudes and advice, because to stay in my integrity, to truly serve you and your goals to write a publishable piece, I take the time to listen, to read your work, and to apply the vast years of writing and publishing experience to your actual individual project.

Lots of speakers and people who advise writers out there just want to look smart, or seem like they know what they’re talking about, or want to be liked. These are nice motives, but at the end of the day my duty is to serve you and help you to learn to write to increase your chances of publishing at the highest level for you, the very best level to meet your goals and dreams.

I can’t do that without listening, and integrating YOU into the solution.

Any of you who have asked a question this group know this to be true of me, that I practice what I preach because I asked you a lot of questions before I talk to you about where you should go next.

Following advice that is not specific to your novel, genre, and specific goals can spell disaster–as it has for so many would-be authors who came before us.

This kind of impersonal advice is confusing, overwhelming, and has caused many writer to quit.


If you want to talk to me about your specific project, your goals for it and how you can get there, book yourself into my calendar here: Let’s get you some specific results related to your actual novel, and your individual goals and dreams.

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